When having a wander through the meandering alleyways of El Gótico in Barcelona you can work up quite a hunger. Whether it is a roasting hot summer’s day or a chilly winter’s eve, you WILL enjoy a treat from my favorite gelato shop, I guarantee. Its the kind of place where everyone will be able to find something to enjoy, even Aunt Tilly who is lactose, gluten, nut, and soy, fruit, and air intolerant.
Gelaati di Marco is located near Placa Jaume, a few streets behind the main Cathedral. Nestled in a little alleyway thats always busy with pedestrians, it calls you down the dark tunnel with a glowing giant plastic ice-cream cone sculpture. Whenever I arrive there are usually swarms of guests admiring the many flavors of gelato they have to offer. The shop prides itself on creating nothing but the freshest gelato with the best ingredients. Their fruits are always in season, bought locally from the Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas.
They use the highest quality cocoa, and never use colorants or conservatives. Besides the traditional milk based gelato and water based sorbet, di Marco’s offers two milk alternative flavors as well; made with rice and soy. Some of the more exotic flavors they offer are marijuana, chocolate picante, snickers, cinnamon, basil, mojito, and many, many more.
All in all, they have about 25-30 flavors at a time, and can mix, blend, frimble, or framble them into any shape you would like. A milkshake? Sure! A sundae? Why, of course! On a cone??? This is a big question for gluten-free eaters who are so very used to always having to eat their iced treats out of a cup. I am happy to report that di Marco’s does offer a gluten-free cone! Most of their flavors of gelato are gluten-free, only those with additions such as cookie or cake would be an unwise choice. Since all of the treats are made in house, the staff are very knowledgeable about the ingredients, and they all seem to speak English very well. Feel free to ask any questions if you are not sure. Besides cones, they also offer gluten-free crepes and biscotti. I have yet to try either of those things, but they are high on my priority list.
Gelaaati di Marco is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 12am. They seem to be open during holidays, and at times when other shops would be closed. I did learn, however, that they close for one month starting usually in January and don’t reopen until mid February. Man am I glad I popped in for one last rice milk gelato drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with a GF cone!
Gelaati Di Marco
Address: Carrer de la Llibreteria, 7 , Barcelona
Telephone: 933 105 045
Hours: MON-SUN: 10:00 am – 12:00 am